PCB rubbishes angst in team due to disparity in prize money

Some television channels had reported that members of the Pakistan team walked out of a function held in their honour in Islamabad.

Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to its maiden Champions Trophy title triumph last month.   -  AP

The Pakistan Cricket Board has quashed speculations about Pakistan cricket team members being unhappy with disparity in prize money between captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman and other players.

Some television channels reported that members of the Pakistan squad had walked out of a function held in their honour at the Centuraus shopping mall in Islamabad after the organisers announced a plot of land for captain Sarfraz, a cash award of Rs. 500,000 for opener Fakhar Zaman and Rs. 200,000 for other players.

Duniya channel reported that the players were not happy with their cash awards as Sarfraz and Zaman’s sums of money were significantly more than others. Video footage on the channel and later other clips on social media showed some players walking out of the ceremony with reports claiming the players returned their cheques.

But an official of the PCB media department - who was also the media manager of the team in the Champions Trophy - insisted there was no dissent or issues between the players over the awards given to them. “I was there with the team for the function which was officially approved by the board. There was no walkout by the players and neither does any player have any issue or disagreement with the awards given to them and Sarfraz and Fakhar Zaman,” Reza Ketchlew said.

“It is totally incorrect that players returned their cheques or walked out. After all the players including Sarfraz and Zaman were called on stage and given their awards, they came down and were seated at tables near the podium.

“But when the organizers called the team up for a photograph pandemonium broke loose as many in the crowd also started gathering on the podium. The management than decided to just send Sarfraz on stage for the photograph and it was also decided it was best for safety of players,” he concluded.

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